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Conakry – The World Health Organization (WHO) has given the all-clear around a month after the Marburg virus was first detected in West Africa.
Yesterday the WHO declared the outbreak over. At the beginning of August, the health authorities in Guinea had detected the highly dangerous virus, which can cause a hemorrhagic fever, in a man who had already died. As a result, more than 170 people were quarantined as high-risk contacts, but no further infection was found.
The Marburg virus, which belongs to the same family as Ebola, is transmitted to humans by fruit bats and spreads among humans through direct contact with body fluids, surfaces and infected material.
There are no approved vaccines or direct treatments for them. It was only in June that the WHO declared an Ebola outbreak in Guinea to be over. © afp / aerzteblatt.de